The "authentic self" in an age of selfies

Bishop Martin D. McLee of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church visited Yale Divinity School on March 31 with a powerful and simple message for students: be your authentic self. The bishop preached in Marquand Chapel, met with student groups, including the YDS's LGBTQIA Coalition and Yale Black Seminarians (YBS), and met with Methodist students during a lunch-time Methodist colloquium. >Read more

Christopher Beeley: "theology is the most practical thing we've got"
Article graphicEven in this tech-driven, future-oriented moment, signals from ancient times get through. It is no surprise to Christopher Beeley that the classics of old still hold an up-to-the-minute relevance. “It’s the nature of a classic that it’s always above and beyond us,” he says. “Every time I read a classic work like the Confessions I’ll always get something new out of it.”>Read more

What's next?: the Class of 2014 tells us where they're headed after graduation
Article graphicEach year we ask some of our extraordinary graduating students to tell us about their journey through YDS and tell us what is next. This year our profiles will appear in three installments, featuring students headed into a number of different vocations, including parish ministry, public service, teaching, as well as students bound for further education. >Read their stories

"Of making many books...": new titles by YDS alumni
Article photo illustrationThirty books. 6,873 pages. More footnotes than anyone has time to count. While numbers can't measure the value of the work YDS alumni have published from 2013-2014, they do suggest our alumni have been busy. Spanning everything from architecture to dystopian fiction, these titles include a gripping portrait of the Nuremberg chaplains, a wacky retelling of Star Wars in iambic pentameter, spiritual memoirs, novels, and plenty of new titles in theology, ministry, and historical scholarship. >View recent books by YDS alumni

Yale Day of Service
As YDS alumni, your life is likely to involve service already, but if you'd like the chance to spend a little time with like-minded alumni from the greater Yale community doing meaningful work in a new setting close to your own hometown, please consider helping out at one of 230+ Yale Day of Service sites on Saturday, May 10th. >Read more

New edition of Class Notes now online!
Curious which of your former YDS classmates has a new job? Who has a new kid? Who became a competitive powerlifter? Then check out the 2014 edition of Class Notes—updates from YDS alumni on their life and work—now available online. >Read Class Notes

Andrew McGowan appointed as Dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale
Andrew McGowan has been appointed President and Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School and Associate Dean for Anglican Studies at Yale Divinity School. McGowan is currently Warden of Trinity College at The University of Melbourne, and will join the Berkeley administration on August 1, 2014. >Read more


Erich S. Gruen: "Christians and Jews in the age of Nero"
On Thursday, April 10 at 6pm, UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus Erich S. Gruen will lecture on the relationship between Christians, Jews, and the Roman government at the time of Paul's appeal before the emperor's throne. The event is free and open to the public and will also be avaliable live via web

Register now for Summer Study 2014
Interested in sustainable urban youth ministry? Icon writing? Augustine's "Confessions"? For two weeks in June, alumni and friends of YDS are invited to explore topics in ministry, Bible, history, and theology with our renowned faculty. Other course topics include pastoral responses to trauma and violence, Jonathan Edwards, the theological significance of sexuality, and more. For a full course listing or registration details, visit the Summer Study website. >More details

Mark your calendars: Convocation & Reunions 2014
The 2014 Convocation and Reunions will take place October 22-24. The schedule will include the historic Beecher lectures, faculty talks, panel discussions, and more. Classes celebrating reunions include: 1954 (60th), 1959 (55th), 1964 (50th), 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1989 (25th), as well as cluster reunions for 1993, 1994, 1995; 2008, 2009, 2010; and recent graduates of 2011 - 2014.

If you'd like to be involved in planning your class reunion, please e-mail kira.wishart@yale.edu